A woman from Greenwood was arrested and charged after police say she left her young son unsupervised. Photo: Greenwood Police Department
A woman from Greenwood was arrested and charged after police say she left her young son unsupervised and he wandered to a neighbor's house.
Shelby Dawn Briley, 30, was charged with unlawful conduct towards a child after her son, who police say was bruised, bloodied and unbathed, left their home on Third Street and wandered to a neighbor's home while she slept.
According to an incident report, a woman returned to her home on October 4 and found the young boy sitting on the porch. The woman told officers that the child had bruises and blood on his face and he told her that, "she (Briley) don't want me anymore."
Police officers arrived and spoke with the child, who stated that he got his injuries because his mother hit him with a belt. The officers also noticed injuries to the child's said and his eye was slightly swollen.
The report states that they had been at the scene of almost 30 minutes and nobody had come to look for the child. Officers then went to the child's home to look for his parents and found the front door open.
The officer identified himself to a man who was in the home and asked if the child's mother was at home. Briley was found inside the home asleep and was told to "wake up." During the course of the investigation, the report states that Briley told the officer that her son must have unlocked door and got out. The officer said that Briley's speech was slurred, appeared to be groggy and she seemed incoherent.
When asked if she was intoxicated, Briley told the officers that she had taken prescription drugs. The officer investigated her claims and found 27 missing pills and she seemed to be extremely intoxicated.
Upon further investigation, the officer searched the home to see if the child had any clothes or there was any food inside the home. The officer found a small amount of food and a small, but adequate, amount of clothing.
While speaking with Briley, the officer states that she did not ask about her son and his whereabouts. The report states that due to her intoxicated state and lack of child supervision, the officer placed Briley under arrest.
The child was taken into protective custody by the Department of Social Services.